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The travel hacks you'll kick yourself for missing out on

We're always in favour of hints and tips, shortcuts, and hacks, whether they're home or travel based. We've already looked at the essential life hacks for your holidays, and backpacker hacks that you should memorise before you leave the house; but the internet is wide, millions of people come up wi... Read more

Why you still need an EHIC post-Brexit

Our latest research shows that 1.8 million people have let their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) expire since the last Brexit date (March 2019)*, leaving themselves unprotected if they travel to Europe in the coming months. A recent survey of Columbus Direct customers found that 74% of people... Read more

Holiday to-do list: 10 questions to ask yourself before you fly

Preparing for a holiday can be exciting, but it’s also vital that you focus on the task at hand and make sure you’re totally prepared for your trip. Here’s a useful guide to tying up and loose ends before you go - from holiday insurance to packing like a pro, here are ten things you need to know. 1... Read more

Why you should use Tinder when you travel

Maybe the title is why you’re reading this; the thought of using Tinder while abroad is just too horrifying to consider. “I’ll meet weirdos,” you think. “I’ll meet people who are after dodgy situations, or I’ll never have the time to meet them, or they’ll have unrealistic expectations.” Relax. Yes, ... Read more

Columbus Direct wins ITIJ Intermediary of the year award

We are delighted to announce that Columbus has beaten Healix Insurance Services and AON to be named Intermediary of the Year at an awards ceremony in Barcelona hosted by the International Travel Insurance Journal (ITIJ). The annual ITIJ Awards recognise those providers in the travel insurance indus... Read more

Behave yourselves on flights or you could be shamed online

The next time that you're on a flight and you're tempted to kick off your shoes and relax, you'd better think again. Ever since January 2013, former flight attendant Shawn Kathleen has been uploading pictures of outrageous passenger behaviour to her Facebook page, Passenger Shaming. People all ove... Read more

Black Friday travel deals

The busiest shopping day of the year has arrived, and Black Friday is the subject on everyone’s lips. With some discounts being made available in the week leading up to the big day, there’s already been a huge amount of spending (and savings!) and now there are even Black Friday travel deals to get ... Read more

New handy tool takes the guesswork out of baggage allowances

When you’re packing for your holiday and you’re unsure of your airline’s baggage allowance, it can mean hours of trawling through a company’s website, looking for answers. Things can get especially tricky if you’re trying to take a bike abroad, a buggy, or other types bulky sports equipment. Howeve... Read more

Advice for older travellers

We're only going to say this the once, so listen up - age doesn't matter. Well, unless you're a cheese or a wine, and we're going to take a wild guess and assume that you're neither of those. People are retiring earlier, saving harder and travelling further than ever before. 'Grey gappers' (older b... Read more

How is Christmas celebrated around the world?

Ever wondered what it would be like to spend Christmas in Rio, Sydney or Cape Town? If you're not leaving the UK this December, you can still discover how other countries celebrate Christmas - and it's all down to social media. People have been sharing snaps of their Christmases online for several... Read more

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